I know, I know … it can be hard waking up in the mornings! Ideally, I would love to stay up late in the evenings and have a lie in, but adult life has a way of catching up with you. If you are like me, you have to get up early in the mornings to go to work/university or to take care of your family. I got really tired of feeling tired in the mornings, so I decided to do some research into what I could do to wake up early without feeling groggy and miserable.
Here are some tips I have found helpful:
- first find out how many hours of sleep your body actually needs. It is usually anything between 6-9 hours a night and getting the right amount of sleep is crucial;
- develop good night time routine to make sure you are falling asleep when you should. There are some tips in a post I wrote previously on how to get a good night’s sleep;
- make sure your bedroom is set up for good sleep, covering any little lights that might prevent you from sleeping well. Even the smallest source of light can prevent your brain from releasing melatonin and stop you from getting a proper rest;
- if you are like me and the long winter nights are making it harder for you to get out of bed in the morning, consider purchasing the SAD lamps. Their light imitates sunlight in the mornings and wakes up your body gradually, making it more natural for your body to wake up;
- Some of the apps like Sleepcycle offer sleep monitoring (measuring your movement in your sleep) and settings that will switch on the alarm when you are between deep sleep cycles, making it easier for your body to wake up;
- don’t hit the snooze button! I know it’s tempting but don’t do it. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the bed if you have to, so that you will need to physically get up and switch it off and then there is no going back;
- make your bed as soon as you get up (if possible);
- have a shower, go for a quick run or walk to energise your body …. or have a cup of coffee ….
- if you are like me, then you might appreciate waking up earlier, before the the rest of your household is awake, and drinking your coffee (waking up) slowly without being interrupted and having to rush around;
- wake up earlier then you normally would and stick to your wake up time routine;
- get your clothes ready the night before, one thing less to worry about in the mornings;
- plan ahead, write down your to-do list the night before, so you wake up with a clear plan of action for the day;
I would also recommend that you check when you are most productive and make sure to schedule those hardest tasks of the day for that time. I’m the most productive in the mornings. That is the best time for me to tackle my hardest jobs, but it might not be the same for you. Figuring that part out might prove vital to ensuring your day is planned well so that you don’t dread waking up in the mornings.